Black Tuesday | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our infamous Black Tuesday is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. Rich caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, burnt wood and anise are just a few of the many flavors in this rich, decadent imperial stout.

2009: 19.5% ABV
2010: 18.2% ABV
2011: 18.3% ABV
2012: 19.2% ABV
2013: 18.9% ABV
2014: 19.7% ABV
2015: 19.9% ABV
2016: 20.3% ABV
2017: 19.5% ABV

Added by OlieIPA on 07-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#73
Reviews:
721
Ratings:
4,028
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, lets just do it. Pouring a 2016 bottle from a 750 ml. into a tulip glass. This beer poured surprisingly lighter in color than most of similar style. It had medium brown highlights throughout the whole pour. Forms in the glass dark, but even still with highlights around all edges. It formed a very thin and incomplete crown that was light tan in color. The smell is hot and boozy with big dark fruit notes like raisins, plums and figs. The taste comes in with those dark fruit notes again but now providing some cherry like element as well. It is definitely warm, but less than would ever be expected from a 40 proof bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Finishes with that warmness mixing with some nice chocolate notes. Honestly though, I'm a little let down on the amount of flavor being delivered. Overall, this wasn't bad but I've definitely had better from the Bruery. I will give them the achievement of making a 40 proof stout that is drinkable as hell and the ABV that hidden tho.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.04/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lazhal
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
3.49/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/05/17. Poured into a small snifter.

Overrated. A “depth charge” of a beer. When are folks going to learn moderation?

Poor head. Thin mouthfeel. Vanilla, caramel, oak and roasted malts are al there but totally overwhelmed by bourbon.

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Photo of DraftDaddy
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spoda1983
3.47/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of xJMFCx
4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yoshie
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TedSwing
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CCutch
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joenap419
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tittyfish
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HippieDave56
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Small pour (8oz glass), so easily more head formation with a 12oz or larger pour. Aroma is roasted, toasted, and caramel malts with a swell of bourbon behind. Plum, toffee, and molasses give it a little extra boost. Aroma mellows as the beer warms, providing a kaleidoscope of dark stout flavors, with the alcohol receding into the background. Flavor profile is roasted, toasted, and caramel malts quickly followed by toffee, molasses, and bourbon. There is a boozy, heavy burn at the back fresh out of the fridge, but as it warms the bourbon turns to more of a warm liquid, as opposed to a molten express delivery of alcohol. The dense flavor profile covers up the near 20% ABV well, but the booze still peeks through, even after aging for a little over a year. Mouth feel is thick with a velvety, grainy texture. Overall, a hearty, boozy stout with a huge ABV. It remains well balanced all things considered, but the ABV still peaks through.

Served in a 8oz Black Tuesday glass from a 750mL bottle. 2016 bottle reviewed in 2018.

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Photo of Croppbe
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aerizel
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cshafer7
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage

Surprisingly pale black body given the ABV. Aromas and flavors are almost like that of a barrel aged barleywine or a chocolate liqueur: lots of molasses, dark fruits, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Feel is a little limp, but otherwise good.

86/100

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Photo of armandomacias
3.96/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Black Tuesday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 4,028 ratings